Cover Story

Undersea photographer Emory Kristof helped develop imaging equipment that can operate in the extreme pressures, toxic temperatures and total darkness of the ocean floor. more>>


Early Books in Optics and Optical Design

Two antique volumes—A Compleat System of Opticks and The Edinburgh Encyclopedia—provide an excellent means for learning about optical design before 1800. more>>

Side-Emitting Fibers Brighten Our World

Optical fibers have found a new niche—as photonic non-thermal filaments that can be used for applications ranging from glowing fashion to infrared security systems to clinical devices. more>>

Glowing with the Flow

Bioluminescent marine organisms such as dinoflagellates enable engineers and oceanographers to study complex fluid dynamics and demonstrate the important role of light emission in ecology. more>>




A New Name for an Old Friend

Optical Sciences Center becomes the College of Optical Sciences. more>>

Global Optics

Optics in South Africa

OSA 2001 and 1993 presidents describe their travels in South Africa, where they visited colleagues at a national laboratory and three universities. more>>

The History of OSA

Optics Letters: OSA Gets the Word Out on Optics--Fast

Optics Letters was launched in an effort to promote quick publication of breakthroughs in the field. more>>